Nazi Aggression And Its Effects On The World

1286 WordsOct 15, 20146 Pages
After WWII, Europe was in shambles. Nearly every country in the mainland was affected by the death and destruction brought on by the Third Reich’s rise and fall. Many traditional East European governments were toppled in the wake of the costliest human conflict to date. Out of the destruction rose two competing political ideologies, each vying for the dominating spot on the world stage, and a divided Germany was the forefront for this ideological battle. From West Germany westward, the saving grace of capitalism fueled by the Marshall plan secured the prosperous and positive future of countries destroyed by Nazi aggression. From East Germany eastward Moscow fought back under the guiding light of Comrade Stalin with violent terror masked by promises of false prosperity and equality. German philosopher Karl Marx put the original ideology of Communism to words in 1848. In his manifesto, Marx stressed the importance of the proletariat or working class and suggested that they would take power from the dying hands of capitalists. However when communism first appeared on the world stage in the early 1900’s, its implementation was far from the ideas that Marx had envisioned. Vladimir Lenin’s Bolshevik party, under the ruse that they had the best interests of the working class at heart, took power from tsar Nicholas II and began to implement a twisted form of Marxist communism. Under the new Bolshevik system, Lenin took power as a dictator. Wealth was not evenly distributed, the
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